Friday, January 29
Monday, January 25
Thursday, January 14
Finally, since a few weeks, I can enjoy this pregnancy. I'm reassured by gynaecologist's visits, ultrasounds and kicks of our little one. My nausea is now mostly absent and I'm sleeping a lot better.
I'm kind of finding my way through all the necessary baby equipment, I say necessary because I think there are a lot of things you actually don't need, but are just convenient or plain trendy. Like, we're looking for an old second-hand wardrobe to paint and I'm learning a lot about cloth diapering. I still don't know yet if I'm going to pick cloth diapers over regular throw-away diapers. I'm a bit concerned with the laundry pile, my washing machine takes 2 hours (!) to finish a 60°C wash (Okay maybe that is just normal?) It'll be okay if I'm still at home, but I'm worrying about it for when I have to go to work again.
Do any of you have some tips on these matters for a first time mom?
Wednesday, January 6
Knitting: Finished and blocked my Sydänmaa Mittens by Hanna Leväniemi. Knit with De Rerum Natura, Gilliatt in colorway Poivre et Sel on 3.5mm needles
Reading: Started a while ago on Little Women and trying to pick up again where I left. Holiday season and crafting projects stole a lot of my reading time. :-)
Linking up with Ginny.
Tuesday, January 5
Second, happy new year to all of you! I hope this year brings much peace, health, craftiness and joy!
A few weeks ago, before Christmas I promised a post about golden animal keychains. Well this is it :-) I made some golden keychains as Christmas presents.
- I used a layer of transparent primer first, to improve adhesion. The brand I used also advised to use a white spray after that to completely cover up, but I didn't do that and it worked just fine.
- I had some varnish left from the clay ornaments, but it was a matte varnish that I applied o,n one animal (to try) with a an old paint brush. Not a good idea: it was way too matte, so I went back to that store and bought some high-gloss varnish in a spray bottle: way better!
- This project doesn't need to be expensive. I bought one bag of kingdom animals at the toy store for 1.5 euros. It included 10 animals or so. You can also choose dinosaurs, farm animals, pets,.. . You can use anything you like, just keep in mind that you're making a keychain and it's more convenient to use a small animal for that.
- Keep in mind that, due to the several layers needed to fully cover the animal, it might occur that the animals stick to the card board or whatever cover up you're using. That's why I improvised the trick with the skewer, it's just something I experienced during the process. Maybe it works perfectly with some sort of plastic cover up, I don't know.
- For an extra touch you can add beads or other decorations. I have a box full of beads from my childhood (my sister and I used to craft a lot and make our own beaded bracelets, or cut the bracelets we didn't wear anymore but saved the beads). I bought a few new beads in the craft shop. You can also buy very cheap children's bracelets and cut them to use the beads.
- Of course you can use other paint colors like bronze, silver, metal look, pastel colors, fluorescent colors,.. .